Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico Perrino is the director of FIRE’s communications department, which oversees media relations, social media, web development, graphic design, audio and video production, advertising and marketing, FIRE’s award-winning Newsdesk, and additional public awareness programs for the organization. He is also the creator and host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast.

Nico began defending civil liberties on campus with FIRE in 2010 as a summer intern. He joined FIRE full time in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications department. His writing has been featured in USA Today, Politico, and The Guardian, and he regularly travels the country to speak about student and faculty rights on campus.

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. While at IU, he was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico was inducted into FIRE’s Prometheus Society for his on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights. He was also a winner of the 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest sponsored by 1 for All and the Knight Foundation.

Originally from Chicago, Nico now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.


  • So to Speak podcast: ‘The Half-Life of Facts’ with Samuel Arbesman, December 13, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Uncensored’ with Zachary Wood, November 29, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Bodied’ with director Joseph Kahn, November 13, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Thinking about free speech in bets with Annie Duke, November 1, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Free speech in the digital age with Jameel Jaffer, October 18, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., October 4, 2018

  • Emory University’s resolution agreement with law professor threatens academic freedom, September 20, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘True threats’ with David L. Hudson Jr., September 20, 2018

  • Available Today: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’ by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, September 4, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’, September 4, 2018

  • Articles

  • USA Today, October 18, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is right to stand up to ‘vigilante censors’ and fight for free speech

  • Politico, August 19, 2017, Why Even Nazis Deserve Free Speech

  • The Guardian, October 22, 2013, Universities: where you go to learn – and be monitored

  • Forbes Online, September 13, 2013, How One College Student Fought His School’s ‘Free Speech Zone’ – And Won